The Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities mid-term convention is underway in Regina.
Over 800 delegates have gathered for the two-day conference, with one of the biggest concerns being the wildfires that struck Glentworth, Burstall and Tompkins. President Ray Orb has toured the sites where 85,000 acres of pasture and cropland were scorched and 770 cattle perished. Two resolutions that are expected to be brought in Wednesday morning will focus on the Provincial Disaster Assistance Program and ensuring a provincial entity looks at grassfires. Orb says they are hoping the province will also consider AgriRecovery, a program that covers for uninsurable purposes, such as losses to livestock in some cases. He says it's something that needs to be looked at because many of the ranchers have built up unique genetic herds, and so losing their cattle has been devastating. Another major topic will be rising rural crime. Orb says the provincial government's recent initiative to increase policing in rural areas by additional training of conservation officers and highway traffic officers will improve efforts to reduce rural crime. One part of that is a Community Safety Officer program, and the province has provided funding to promote the program.